Vatican signs historic deal with China – but critics denounce sellout

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Agreement with Beijing on nominating bishops is step in Pope Francis’s bid to repair diplomatic relations

The Vatican and China said yesterday they had signed a historic agreement on the appointment of Roman Catholic bishops, a breakthrough on an issue that for decades fuelled tensions between the Holy See and Beijing and thwarted efforts toward diplomatic relations.

The provisional agreement, which was signed in Beijing by deputy foreign ministers from both sides, was described by the Vatican as “the fruit of a gradual and reciprocal rapprochement”, following a long process of careful negotiation, and subject to periodic review.

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The accord allows the faithful to have bishops who are in communion with Rome but recognised by Chinese authorities.

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